Founded by Ali Abdul Wahab Al Mutawa shortly after World War I, the Ali Abdulwahab Sons & Co. company in Kuwait has flourished throughout the last nine decades and today holds over 1500 employees. It is one of the leading and most prominent Kuwaiti trading companies in retail and wholesale, with around 90 years track record in business, and is an agent for over 40 U.S. & European commercial brands.
The late Ali Abdul Wahab Al Mutawa started his business as an entrepreneur in 1918, after World War (I). He was a merchant of food products and textiles and then expanded his business, especially after World War II and the beginning of commercial production of oil at that time. There was an increasing need and dependence of inhabitants in the surrounding areas on Kuwait as a natural harbor.
Northeastern Saudi Arabia, the South Republic of Iraq and the mid-Western Iran areas, were areas that did not enjoy the natural ports or access to the sea and world trade as much as Kuwait did. Trade activity and transit trade from and to Kuwait bloomed at that time because of its easy connection to the Indian Peninsula and Eastern Africa. The late Ali Al Mutawa was also known for his honesty, which earned him a good reputation and thus laid the foundation stone in building his name across the region from the very beginnings of commercial and trade activities in the region.
After the death of the late Ali Abdul Wahab Al Mutawa in February 1946, his eldest son Abdul Aziz Ali Al Mutawa together with his brother Abdullah founded, an efficient trade system, under the name of their father “Ali Abdul Wahab Sons & Co.”, where the late Abdul Aziz continued in collaboration with his brother Abdullah the expansion of the business until 1956. Afterwards, Abdullah managed the company on his own until his brother Faisal Ali Al Mutawa joined the company in 1970, right after his graduation from the American University of Beirut. They jointly ran the business until Abdullah passed away in early September 2006. Since then, his successor Faisal Ali Al Mutawa, took over the management of the company.
Faisal Ali Al Mutawa was born in Kuwait in 1945; he undertook his high school education in Kuwait then enrolled into the American University of Beirut (AUB), to graduate in 1970 with a bachelor degree in Business Administration and Political Sciences. Immediately after his graduation, he joined the family business Ali Abdul Wahab Sons & Co.. After retaining different positions throughout the years, he took over the position of Vice President and Managing Director, after the death of his brother Abdullah in 2006. Then he became the General Manager and Chief Executive.
The good name of Ali Abdul Wahab Sons & Co., was built through the company’s own activities but also through the family’s outside involvement in various institutions...
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